Remembrances of Beauty Lost | Arian Jacobs

Survivors recount the fateful day, May 31st 1970, where the western hemisphere’s strongest earthquake shook the Ancash province in Peru; moments later, an avalanche coming from the nearby Huascaran Mountain buried the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca along with over 20,000 people.

Synopsis

On May 31st 1970, there was an earthquake (the biggest in Peruvian history – 7.9 in moment magnitude) off the coast of the Ancash province, located in northern part of Peru. The towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca were completely destroyed after the earthquake dislodged a glacier causing an avalanche that resulted in the deaths of over 20,000 people. The film presents the firsthand accounts of survivors of the disaster and how they feel 50 years after the tragedy.

Behind The Scenes

Huascaran Mountain, Ancash, Peru. The Huascaran Mountain is the highest Mountain in Peru towering above at 6,768 meters above sea level. The crew was my friend Tony Martinez and I. We travelled north via a 14 Hour bus ride to the small town of Yungay, located 2458 meters above sea level. The town is located 15 km to the East of the Mountain.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR | Arian Jacobs

Born in Peru, Arian graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada with an undergraduate degree in Film and Screen Arts. Has been involved in making several short film,s both documentary and narrative. He produced Angamos, directed and produced the short film Remembrances of Beauty Lost and co- produced and co-directed and co-edited Lima: Chaos Theory with Tony Martinez.


NEAR/FAR | Genki Ferguson

An exploration of human vision and the ways in which it can be altered, revealed through the perspectives of jewellers and astronomers.

Synopsis

How do we look? NEAR/FAR is a documentary that investigates the nature of human vision through the perspectives of jewelers and astronomers. What drives the jeweler to look inwards, searching for perfection? What drives the astronomer to look outwards, searching for answers?

Looking through the lens of a telescope and the lens of a jeweler’s loupe, NEAR/FAR is an exploration of human ambition both large and small, and the quest for answers always beyond our reach.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR | Genki Ferguson

Genki Ferguson is a film editor and author based out of Vancouver, BC. As an editor, he has worked on projects with clients ranging from the Royal Canadian Navy, Lexton Harper Watches, and on the documentary Superkids 2. His latest documentary, NEAR/FAR, analyzes the ways humans alter their vision. As an author, Genki’s debut novel Satellite Love will be published by McClelland & Stewart in the spring of 2021.


33' Lot | Sarah Genge

I sent over 300 letters — these 6 households responded. Do they share anything but the frames of their house?

About 33' Lot

I sent over 300 letters to Vancouver Specials all over the city, searching for participants to be documented. I received six responses. While these six households, varying in size, lifestyle, economic status and world view, are not a complete picture of the diversity of living in this city, they provide a snapshot into the array of people that make up Vancouver. Through extensive interviews with all six households, complete with thorough documentation of the homes themselves, I gathered intimate and honest portraits of the vastly different way people live. By using the Vancouver Special, both a banality and symbol of the city, as a literal framework, the film touches on a variety of topics, some pertinent to life in Vancouver — affordability, landlord-tenant relations, renovictions — and some mundane enough to be ubiquitous — family, parenting, interior decoration. Most of all, this film is an exploration of the similarities and differences between people across economic, social, and cultural strata.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR | Sarah Genge

Sarah Genge is an artist who lives and creates on the ancestral, occupied traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples, now known as Vancouver, Canada. Sarah is interested in telling stories that represent everyday people and the mundane world. She is not too sure what she’s doing but she does know that she enjoys making. Sarah holds an undergraduate degree in Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Send me an email if you would like to talk about Vancouver Specials. What kooky houses they are!

sarahegenge@gmail.com


Headwaters | Sam Breault

Headwaters is a documentary following Ian Santarossa’s search for an understanding of his inner traits and temperaments that surface when fly fishing, and how those meditations relate to a broader sense of self.

When I think about the films I want to create, they’re often these intimate looks into nature, and a deeper look at personal exploration that results in inward reflection onto what one truly relates to and resonates with. A sense of home. I try to show a glimpse into something I love and have people reciprocate and respond to it in a personally subjective, but similar way by documenting the natural world or people interacting with it. 

Through documentary filmmaking, capturing environmental subjects or niches such as fly fishing, I try to encompass and express the extraordinary simplicities of nature. I strive for the feelings it organically evokes by filming those moments with intention in unveiling what the natural world provides us with, rather than attempting to shape a moment into what I want it to be.

In particular, when filming fly fishing, the fact that I must depend upon a wild species is absolutely the biggest challenge. Fish are wild, and thus capturing the sometimes sparse moments that supervene the ordinary become more than just a shot––they become an experience. 

Behind The Scenes

Above are a few behind the scenes photos taken throughout the production of Headwaters. Filming of Headwaters was compiled throughout summer and fall of 2019, as well as took place in various locations. Headwaters was filmed partly in the Pine Pass of Northern BC, the Cheakamus River in the Lower Mainland of BC, and multiple locations through Kananaskis Country in Southern Alberta.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR | Sam Breault

Sam was born and raised throughout Northern BC and Alberta. She spent countless hours outdoors from an early age with her parents and older sister, taking an interest in fishing, hiking and camping. As she gained experience capturing the beautiful sights through documentary filmmaking and photography, she became more interested in conservation and natural environmental science. She is continuing with researching environmental science and resource development under Ruth Beer, a professor at Emily Carr and a practicing artist whose research-creation practice engages with issues of cultural and ecological impacts of resource industry expansion within culturally diverse communities in the Canadian North. Sam will be attending the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for Forestry Technology in the fall of 2020 to further her education and usher the combination of her interest in environmental sciences and film media.

 

Prairie to Peak Media | @PrairietoPeakMedia

Director | Writer | Cinematographer | Editor | Sound Designer

Sam Breault

 

Sound Mixer

Doug Patterson

Featuring

Ian Santarossa

Composer

Phenix Warren

Thanks to

Carlito Ghioni & Lindsay McIntyre

ECU | FMSA Class of 2020

Danna & Dan Breault

Catherine LaFlamme

Michael & Young Fly Shop

Out Fly Fishing Outfitters